Resonate Music Video Competition Results

Nerve Centre announces Adam Leonard's 'My Love' as top track after year-long UK City of Culture music project

Songwriter Adam Leonard's haunting tribute to his wife, Blathnaid, entitled 'My Love', has been voted ‘Best Track’ in the Nerve Centre's Resonate music project.

Resonate, in association with Blast Furnace, was funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to capture the musical talent, energy and spirit of Derry~Londonderry during the UK City of Culture 2013.

Following an online poll and judging from a panel that included ACNI head of music Ciaran Scullion, BBC presenter Stephen McCauley and the Culture Company's Gareth Stewart, Leonard's entry topped the Resonate chart.

Resonate was one of 14 projects funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council as part of the UK City of Culture 2013. The funding pot of over £1.3 million helped a variety of arts and culture projects become reality throughout the year.

While Leonard scooped overall 'Best Track' in the Resonate project, other winners included We are Aeriels for 'Outstanding Lyrics', Droids for 'Best Live Act & Public Vote', and Cordials for 'Catchiest Track'.

A software engineer from Manchester, Adam, 44, moved to Derry – his wife's hometown – in 2008, after meeting Blathnaid while she studied in England. 'My Love is a tribute to my wife, as she is my inspiration. I think she got fed up with me writing songs, for other people so I had to write one for her,' Leonard joked.

On the song itself, Leonard continued: 'There seems to be something magical about the track, which people tend to like. I guess it is fitting that a song about a Derry woman should win best track in this competition. We are delighted to win.'

'UK City of Culture has very much been about supporting home grown talent and staging it alongside internationally acclaimed acts,' added Ciaran Scullion. 'Resonate is a wonderful example of how being given a platform can really change the direction of a career. We have been so impressed by the calibre entries, it really has been encouraging to know we have so much talent on our island.'

The Resonate project recognised artists of all ages and from various backgrounds. Among the stars of the future is 17-year-old Gemma Bradley, from Draperstown, winner of the ‘Best Youth/Under 18’ act. Her self-penned song ’Wicker Men’, inspired by the cult film, wowed judges in the underage category.

A pupil at St Patrick's College Maghera, Bradley has already written a collection of songs, and appeared on stage in front of thousands of revellers at the Glasgowbury music festival twice. Earlier this year, her collaboration with local artist Derry artists Paddy Nash saw her reach the final of the IMRO Christy Hennessy Song contest in Tralee.

'The Resonate project has been great in providing the inspiration and opportunity for young musicians, said Bradley. 'I feel I have grown as a performer throughout the City of Culture year. And it has provided tremendous role models like SOAK, who is only year older than me and has already achieved so much.'

Other winners in the Resonate project include Glenn Rosborough, who can be seen on TV screens with Katy B in BBC 1's Music City, and Best Boy Grip, aka Eoin O'Callaghan. Rosborough, who won ‘Best Bedroom Track’, while Best Boy Grip – who has received rave reviews for his debut EP Barbara and has just released another entitled Runaway – produced the ‘Best Video’.

Visit the Nerve Centre website for more information and to see YouTube videos of all Resonate winners.

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